Updated: View Site Map Site Map
Biography
HEROES LEADERS WOMEN HONOURED IN MEMORIAM
Frederick Ballantyne
(5 July 1936 – 23 January 2020)
spacer

Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, GCMG, MD, DSc
Former Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne was a former Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  He is the longest serving Governor-General of the country, having been in office from 2 September 2002 to 31 July 2019.

Early life and education

Sir Frederick was born on 5 July 1936, as his parents' only child.  Ballantyne was the first member of his family to attend high school.  He completed an initial degree in chemistry at Howard University (in Washington DC), and then went on to the SUNY Upstate Medical University (in Syracuse, New York) to study medicine. The "sole black individual" enrolled in the medical school, Ballantyne was elected to student government in every year of his degree, and in his final year was elected student body president. He interned in at the Montreal General Hospital after graduation, and then completed his residency in internal medicine in Rochester, New York, followed by a fellowship in cardiology.

Career

Sir Frederick has had a long and distinguished career as a medical doctor, educator, and administrator. He served as Chief of Medicine at Kingstown General Hospital (now called the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital); and from 1985 to 1992 as Chief Medical Officer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He remained involved in medicine after his official retirement from practising, in a consulting role.

In the area of medicine, Sir Frederick has been actively involved in improving the lives of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines through a variety of initiatives, including decentralising the health service, starting a vigorous family planning programme, and working with colleagues to start the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Heart Association and Diabetes Association.  He also spearheaded the Visiting Specialist Program that continues today with visiting specialists in urology, neurology and ophthalmology along with a permanent paediatrician position. Ballantyne has been involved in the upgrade of the physical facilities of the General Hospital and District Clinics and expanded the immunisation programme that ensures that 100 percent of school children are vaccinated. He has sought to influence the government’s health care policy, making it more affordable and accessible.

Sir Frederick has also been a successful entrepreneur with several business enterprises, including real estate, marina operations, pharmaceuticals and operations in the hospitality industry.  He was also the founder of International Business Services Limited, a financial services provider now run by his son, Marcus, and co-owner of the Young Island Resort Hotel.

Sir Frederick was appointed the Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 2 September 2002. He replaced Monica Dacon who had been interim Governor-General after the death of Sir Charles Antrobus.

Sir Frederick demitted office on 31 July 2019 because of health reasons.

Honours and awards

In November 2002, in connection with his new appointment, he was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2009, Sir Frederick received an Honorary Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree at the graduation ceremony of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus.

Death

Sir Frederick passed away at his home in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at the age of 83.  He was accorded a State Funeral on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 at the Kingstown Methodist Church. Interment was at the Kingstown Cemetery.

Sources
http://www.gov.vc
http://www.upstate.edu/news/article.php?title=6192
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Ballantyne
Fact Check
We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, or if you would like to share additional information on the topic, kindly contact us!
How to Reference Our Site
To reference our site, please use the following as a general guideline.
APA: KnowledgeWalk Institute. (Date Published). Title of Web Page. Retrieved from (URL)
MLA: "Title of Web Page." caribbeanelections.com. KnowledgeWalk Institute, (date published). Web. Date Accessed.
Chicago: "Title of Web Page," KnowledgeWalk Institute, last modified (date), URL.
Sir Frederick Ballantyne
QUICK FACTS
spacer
Occupation Doctor, Statesman
spacer
Place of Birth St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date of Birth 5 July 1936
spacer
Place of Death St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date of Death 23 January 2020 (aged 83)
spacer
Notable Accomplishments
Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 2 September 2002 - 31 July 2019
RELATED RESOURCES
spacer
St. Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Governors-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
 BROWSE BIOGRAPHY learn more
 SELECT BIOGRAPHIES BY COUNTRY

 National Heroes
 Caribbean Leaders
 Women in Caribbean Politics
 Caribbean Nobel Laureates
 Order of the Caribbean Community Recipients
 In Memoriam
 ABOUT CARIBBEAN ELECTIONS learn more
Caribbean Elections
Caribbean Elections provides comprehensive information on the electoral process, politics, and citizenship in the Caribbean. The portal includes election data and resources for the public, teachers, students, and researchers.
Learn more about CE»